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“The more shopping centers are built, the more building sites are started, more merchandize arrives, more dealers work, more transportation happens, and faster money will be able to overcome the uneven boundaries separating illegal and legal territories”
Roberto Saviano – “Gomorrah”
Italy, with its 7400 km of coastline, is one of the main tourist attractions for those who want to spend time on the beach. Also in the past, with its ports and sea towns, the shoreline has had a major role in the birth and history of the country.
However the more recent transformations the coastline of Italy has undergone seem to assert the absence of a policy to preserve and protect its historical and natural heritage.
Humans have built ports, defenses, artificial beaches, homes and industrial plants, permanently destroying the balance obtained over the centuries. This project is a discovery of the traces left by the presence and activities of humans along the shorelines of Italy.
TerraProject Photographers is an Italian collective of documentary photographers founded in Florence in 2006. TerraProject currently has four members: Michele Borzoni, Simone Donati, Pietro Paolini and Rocco Rorandelli. Coming from diverse educational backgrounds, the photographers of the collective complement each other in the various aspects of their photographic work, from project managing to distribution.
In addition to being a promotional tool for its members and their individual works, TerraProject Photographers is also a platform for collective engagement and growth. The experimentation of novel narrative structures within documentary photography is one of the main concerns of the collective, and this is achieved with collective projects and multimedia productions. The members of the collective also work independently on assignments and personal research. Collective projects are produced by the members with constant group discussions, right from the conception of the idea to the definition of the topic to the final editing of the work. The stylistic and journalistic approaches are defined a priori, leaving to each photographer the individual freedom to interpret the story, without forgetting the need for a stylistic unity and a common passe-partout. The objective is to build a strong, unified body of work where the views of the individual are an instrument to realize the work of the collective.
Photo reportages of TerraProject Photographers have been published on the pages of numerous mainstream national and international magazines, including Newsweek, Der Spiegel, GEO, D di Repubblica, Io Donna, Vanity Fair, Magazine del Corriere della Sera, Financial Times Magazine, Internazionale, L’Espresso, Le Monde Magazine, Paris Match, TIME and many more. The collective members have exhibited their works in New York, Beijing, Berlin, Sao Paolo and many venues in Italy, and have also been guests of numerous national and international festivals. The photographers of TerraProject have received prestigious international awards such as the World Press Photo (2010) and the Canon Prize (2010).